Today’s Recommended Video: Who Is God Besides Our Lord? (live from Dales 1984) ……
Today we look at the picture of Jesus sleeping in the stern (the rearmost part of the boat which emphasizes how chill and unconcerned Jesus was), on a cushion, while a sudden violent gust of wind had come upon the sea and the waves broke over the boat until it was nearly flooded! We all know the story well. The disciples panicked and woke Jesus up and said to Him with some degree of accusation, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus responded by rebuking the wind and commanding the waves to stop and be still, they did! And He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” When Jesus is with us, we never need to be afraid. When the King of kings is in your boat, there is no fear, instead faith should arise in you so that you can be an overcomer even though the storms around you are violent and overwhelming. When King Jesus is in your boat, you can be like Him and sleep comfortably amidst a violent storm. He is your peace and He is your rest. I know that this is easier said than done, but think about it theologically, if indeed God is with us, who can be against us? If indeed we believe that the Lord is in control of all things, and believe that He loves us beyond measure, then even if something bad happens to us, we can rest in the knowledge that sometimes God does permit what He hates to accomplish what He loves (quoting Steve Estes). The Christian life is not a bed of roses, it is about living life accompanied, strengthened and directed by the Lord. It is about not having to walk alone. Like you, I have had my fair share of trials and tough times. I have also experienced unkindness, rejection and betrayal, even from people who were close to me, people whom I had regarded as friends. So I know it is not easy to sleep through a storm or be in the place of rest amidst great emotional chaos. However, I know too that it is not impossible. In fact, it is possible to actually turn to God during such times, instead of only turning to friends, to call upon His Name and cry out to Him. And so many times as I waited upon Him, He gave me a word of revelation and the moment heavenly revelation came, you know what, everything changed! There was a time, over a decade ago, when I felt that I was left behind. I felt that I was in a disadvantaged position, that my peers were doing better than me and they were getting ahead of me even though we started off together. I remember sitting at a service struggling with the strong emotions and feeling pity for myself. But suddenly, I felt these words came to my heart, “My timing is PERFECT!” It was clear as day, there was no question it was a revelation from the Lord of heaven and earth, from my King Jesus and from my loving Savior and Redeemer! The moment those words hit my heart, everything changed! The struggle within me, the emotional turmoil, everything that was eating me up inside left instantly! Peace was restored and I felt loved by my King. I was forever changed and I never felt like I was falling behind again! Whenever the devil tries to tell me I’m behind, I just recall to mind what my Lord had said to me, “My timing is PERFECT!” I refused to allow the devil any room to create doubt and fear. I fully embraced what the Lord said and stuck to it like superglue. So as you walk with the Lord today, know this, you can sleep comfortably through a storm when Jesus is in your boat. For who is god besides our Lord, and who is the rock besides our God? (Ps.18:31) He is a Fortress and a Shield, a Tower of deliverance to all who trust in our King! Have a great and victorious day!
Today’s Bible Text: Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mk.4:38)
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